Friday, February 28, 2014

Women's Most Wanted At Belk

This is what spring is shaping up to look like at Belk.  You all know I love me some Modern. Southern. Style.  In particular, it is coming in the shape of those chunky tortoise heel shoes and that perfect little black sheath.  All items will be available at Belk spring 2014, but you can shop Michael Kors' newest shoe arrivals here, as well as that perfect black and white handbag. Stay tuned for the men's review next week!

Bring on Spring!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


If you live in the Queen City and ever shop for quality men's clothing, you're sure to know Revolve upscale men's consignment.  Voted Best of the Best by Charlotte Magazine 2011 and 2013 and Best of the Best by Elevate for years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Revolve offers savvy fashion forward men a more accessable way to shop the best of the best in fashion.  Revolve specializes in everything from t-shirts to tuxes in brands from Brooks Brother to Prada.  One of the hardest working, most community-centric people in the biz, I am proud to call shop owner, Amy Pickard, my sweet friend.  I couldn't resist not sharing with you the 411 on her Annual Winter Blow Out Sale.  As you see, most of the store will be up to 90% off the already killer prices, so this is a great time to stock your closet for next year.  You say you're ready to pass along your threads to another great closet?  Consign them with Revolve!

Happy revolving!  -Whitley

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Weekly Inspiration: Magnolia Coffee


Charlotte's Magnolia Coffee, the Queen City's only boutique roaster, is the oh so tasty influence for today's Weekly Inspiration.  I've had some of Jay's coffee at Reid's, Amelie's and Mugs Coffee, without knowing it, and dang this is some good coffee.  You know there's more joy to be had when sharing it with others, so if you're in the Queen City, make sure you have a cup. In the meantime, this earthy outdoorsy outfit interpretation is brought to you by my tastebuds.  Yum.

Happy Weekend Y'all!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Don't Miss It

Clothes available at TOPSHOP at Nordstrom Southpark Mall.  Photography by Doug Brooks and Carl Miller.

In case you missed our first post Chelsie Deese is a Bachelorette in this year's Guys & Dolls Auction to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Chelsie will be auctioning herself off on-stage THIS SATURDAY with her James Bond themed package, complete with a TOPSHOP dress for the winning Bond Guy's Bond Girl.  This year's Guys and Dolls Auction will take place at the Hilton Center City.  Over 700 Charlotte professionals attend the black tie optional event every year, which includes a beer and wine open bar, hors d-oevres, a live date package auction, silent auction and dancing.  The event is open to the public. Tickets may now be purchased at the door.  Forward fashion lovers, have you been to TOPSHOP at Nordstrom yet?  Go grab yourself a great frock, and come join the fun!  If you do go, please find me and say hello!  


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Emily Maynard For Towne & Reese At Belk

I recently sat down with Charlotte's sweetheart, Emily Maynard, to learn more about her collaboration with local jewelry line, Towne & Reese.  Established in 2009 by friends Christi Pack and Jessica Stanfield, Towne & Reese quickly rose to fame both locally and nationally, with their whimsically stylish designs known for transforming a look without making a serious financial investment.  The jewelry line was caught front and center in the public eye when Emily wore several of their pieces during her appearance on ABC's hit show, The Bachelorette.  It has been exciting to see this designer hold court on jewelry shelves across the Charlotte boutique market, and soar to new heights as they continue to grow. Due to launch any day in an exciting collaboration with Belk, Towne & Reese admirers across the country will be able shop Emily Maynard's exclusive designs at four of Belk's flagship stores, Southpark Mall, Raleigh, Dallas and Huntsville, Ala, and on-line.  I couldn't be more excited to have had this (exclusive?!) opportunity to sit down with Emily and talk jewelry, style, engagement and more! Watch it here in our first of three conversations.  You'll never guess what Emily's lifeline was on the show...

Photography: Moments by Donna. Videography: KQII Films

As ever, thank you so much for sharing this joy with me!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Chelsie Deese In TOPSHOP For Cystic Fybrosis Foundation + Belk Giveaway Winner

Clothes, purse and necklace available at TOPSHOP at Nordstrom Southpark Mall.  Photography by Doug Brooks and Carl Miller.

Meet Chelsie Deese, a Bachelorette in this year's Guys & Dolls Auction to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Chelsie's childhood friend, Auburn, has Cystic Fibrosis, and so this year's event became the perfect opportunity for Chelsie to partake in a night of fashion and fun which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Foundation every year.  Chelsie will be auctioning herself off on-stage with her James Bond themed package, complete with a TOPSHOP dress for the winning Bond Guy's Bond Girl.  This year's Guys and Dolls Auction will take place Saturday, February 22 at the Hilton Center City.  Over 700 Charlotte professionals attend the black tie optional event every year, which includes a beer and wine open bar, hors d-oevres, a live date package auction, silent auction and dancing.  The event is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased HERE.  Forward fashion lovers, have you been to TOPSHOP at Nordstrom yet?  Go grab yourself a great frock, and come join the fun!  If you do go, please find me and say hello!  


Congratulations to I Am and Donna Ray! You are the winners of the $75 Gift Cards from Belk.  Please email me within 48 hrs to claim your prize:
Thank you everyone for participating!

  1. I love the aquamarine ring! And it's on sale!!
  1. I love the shiny green dress!

  2. I am a fan of your on FB (Donna Raye)
  3. I'm following you in IG

  4. I'm following on twitter @linjumimom
  5. I follow Belk on FB

    Donna Raye

Thursday, February 13, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Happy Valentine's Day To You And Me

Bag: Coach, thanks to Belk. Dress: TOPSHOP at Nordstrom Southpark. Shirt: thanks to La Senorita Jolie. Shoes: Stuart Weitzman. Tights: J. Crew.  Wine: Sobon Estates (Awesome Zinfandel under $13 at Total Wine). Ring: Melinda Maria. Earrings: Melinda Maria. Cuff: from Sloan. Others: Jook and Nona and thanks to Chelsea Charles.  Photography: Moments by Donna.

Remember my Valentine's Day Wish List at Belk last week?  I've been on the hunt for some time now for the perfect executive tote, and I finally found it!  I've been a loyal Coach bag carrier for over half my life now, since my first hand me down from my Mom.  (I carry this cross-body bag every day).  At any rate, I couldn't be more excited about my newest addition to my Coach bag collection.  These bags are carefully crafted of high quality leather, and they carry a look of understated elegance.  I was so excited to team up with Belk for this awesome Valentine's Day collaboration, and perhaps the coolest part is they are sharing the love with you!  Two readers will be the lucky recipients of a $75 gift card to purchase anything you want at Belk. 

To enter just leave a comment on this post letting me know which item from my Belk Valentine's Day Wish List you like best.  

For up to four additional entries:
1-Let me know if you are a fan of the Queen City Style on Facebook
2-Let me know if you follow the Queen City Style on Instagram
3-Let me know if you follow the Queen City Style on Twitter
4-Let me know if you are a fan of Belk on Facebook

This giveaway ends Saturday, February 15th, and the winner will be announced the next day.
  Thanks so much for reading, and good luck!  Whitley

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rethread Your Threads

Need an excuse to clean out your closet?  Tired of your significant other's enormous t-shirt collection? Donate your old t-shirts for a great cause!  the Queen City Style and Simplicity have teamed up to collect 300 T-Shirts by March 1st to donate to Rethreaded, an organization which provides a paid four-month holistic training program that includes sewing art and life skills for women who are coming out of lives of sex trade and human trafficking in our country.  The products, made out of old t-shirts are funky, cool, and, of course, totally unique!  Check them out here, and if you are interested in donating your old t-shirts, please email me at to arrange for drop off or pick up.  I know much of the country is getting snow.  We are experiencing a true Winter Wonderland here in the Carolinas!

 Thank you so much!  Whitley

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Find Your Own Sexy

Chemise: CLO Intimo c/o I.C. London. Photography: Moments by DonnaHair and Makeup by: Deme Fourtounis

I am so excited about this collaboration with I.C. London.  For the next few seasons, we will be showcasing some amazing lingerie here on the Queen City Style and in several local publications, (see ad on pg 80 in Urban Home!) encouraging women of all shapes, sizes and lingerie preferences to Find Your Own Sexy. We all know it's not really about the sexy lingerie.  It's about embracing who you are and being confident in that.  I'm sure there are many men out there who do enjoy the garter belt and pin-up attire, but for most of us, this is not real life.  I am a boxers and t-shirt girl all the way.  The nature of this collaboration was out of my nine dots, but I am so glad I was encouraged.  Being a working and stay-at-home mom of two young boys, I almost always take on the carpool line in ripped flannel jammie bottoms, down puffer and cowgirl boots. I need this push, and I am hear to encourage you the same. Treat yourself to something nice, whatever your style. Whether you are in a relationship or not, wear something that makes you FEEL sexy. This could be a simple sophisticated matching pant and tank to lounge around the house in or an elegant slip, and if you are in a relationship, I know your man will welcome your effort.

Mention this post all week at IC London, and take $10 off your purchase of $50 or more.  
Happy Valentine's Week! xo-Whitley

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Dress: J. Crew (old, bridesmaid) Jacket: Forever 21. Coat: Beth Bowley (oh wow). Hose: Gap (here's a pair). Booties: Stuart Weitzman. Purse: Chanel. Sunglasses: Blinde. Hair: BLo ouT Photography: Moments By Donna

During this photo shoot, two and a half year old Precious Peanut #2 was having the most horrific head turning melt down temper tantrum you could ever in your life imagine.  I'm telling you people, what I do here; it is TRE glam.  Speaking of all things not so fabulous, I am back on the injury train.  You may know I am training for the Boston Marathon which is Easter Monday.  I was out all summer with a broken bone in my foot and chronic plantar fasciitis.  Embarrassingly, I strained my ankle eight weeks ago after a not so glamorous fall while trail running. Whether or not that is causing this latest ailment, I don't know, but mark my words.  If no three headed monster disguised as a cherubim is going to stop me from making fun photos to share with you, then no way is this annoying bump in the road keeping me from crossing that finish line in April.